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Newsletter: Jan 2015

HIPL news

The HIPL steering committee has been busy working toward setting our organization up as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.

We are also working toward a half-day strategic planning retreat, tentatively scheduled for February 28. All our HIPL supporters are welcome to join us on that day. Email us for more info.

HIPL events

January 12: "The Future is Now" Climate Briefing, coordinated by the Windward Ahupuaa Alliance. Learn about the likely impacts of climate change on Hawaii and how you can influence policy and legislation to make a difference.

February 12-14: "Preach-In for the Planet", use Valentine's Day weekend to promote love for Creation and taking action on climate change. Visit www.preachin.org to get resources and register your congregational service or event (and don't forget to let us know, too!).

Local news

HEI bought by NextEra Energy. The parent company of HECO, MECO, HELCO, and American Savings Bank has been bought by Florida-based NextEra Energy. NextEra's has a poor track record of supporting rooftop solar and other distributed renewables in Florida, so we will be making our voices heard to the Public Utilities Commission. Stay tuned.

Global news

Catholic bishops call for action on climate change. The UN climate change conference in Lima, Peru in December 2014 had many public statements by those concerned about climate change effects on people and the environment. A group of Catholic bishops released a statement calling on all parties to take radical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to slow and ultimately stop global warming. Their statement was based on their concern for the world's poor & vulnerable and the belief that the world's natural resources and ecosystems are part of the common good that we have a responsibility to care for.

This statement is in line with Pope Francis' speeches about the connection between climate change and an unjust and unsustainable economic model that embraces unbridled consumerism and economic growth at the expense of the environment and the world's poor. Word is he is now preparing an encyclical on this topic to be released in the coming weeks.

Learn

Want to get up to speed on the various moral imperatives to take action on global warming? For a set of brief statements, we suggest this document prepared by the national Interfaith Power and Light. To read more, we suggest Moral Ground, a series of essays by thinkers, leaders, and activists organized by the various imperatives highligted in the IPL document. HIPL has a copy of the book we can loan you if you're interested in personal study or better yet, a group discussion series.

Act

Cool Congregations is a great program for study and action to calculate, analyze, and then reduce your household carbon footprint. Commit to taking action yourself and involving your faith community in the coming year.

Advocate

The legislative session in Hawaii will be starting up soon. While HIPL will do our best to keep you informed of relevant bills and resolutions, you can do your part to stay up to date through the state's Public Access Room

Celebrate

Every year, Interfaith Power and Light promotes Preach-In for the Planet (www.preachin.org), a Valentine's Day weekend of special congregational services and actions to highlight the religious and spiritual dimensions of global warming and our need to act. Go to the preach-in website to get register your congregation and get resources to host a special service or event. Let us know if you plan to participate.

Support us!

The best way to support HIPL is to get your congregation involved as a partner in our efforts. The voices of people of faith are needed on the overarching issue of global warming because of the foundational moral dimensions of this issue and the kinds of fundamental changes that are needed to address it effectively and with justice and equity for all people and the environment.

However, we also appreciate your financial support. The Interfaith Alliance-Hawaii continues to serve as our fiscal sponsor. Your donation to HIPL should be made out to them and sent to our mailing address for the time being.

HIPL
PO Box 37266
Honolulu, HI 96837

As always, send us your news and events at hipl@hipl.org.

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